Key Facts

Overview

Einstein is a small asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter within the inner portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Einstein as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Einstein orbits the sun every 982 days (2.69 years), coming as close as 1.74 AU and reaching as far as 2.12 AU from the sun. Einstein is about 4.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

The rotation of Einstein has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.49 days.

Einstein's spectral type X (Tholen) / Xe (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain nickel, iron, and cobalt.

No Close Approaches

Einstein's orbit is 0.77 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

Einstein's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 5, 1973. It was last officially observed on March 10, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,582 observations used to determine its orbit.

Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.

View asteroid Einstein in 3D.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.93353929033 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0987123489679
  • Inclination: 22.6811135999°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 357.075251222°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 217.863008651°
  • Mean Anomaly: 10.440384508°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 3.97500 km
  • Magnitude: 12.85
  • Albedo: 0.810
  • Spectral type (Tholen): X
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Xe

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 982 days (2.69 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 21.42 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.12 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.74 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.49 days
  • Approx. Composition: nickel, iron, and cobalt.

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

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